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THE SONGFACTORS' CHOICE Top Albums of the Decade: The '80's



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"Heartbeat City" - THE CARS - 1984




Hello Again

You Might Think

Heartbeat City (from Live Aid)

Stop Making Sense - TALKING HEADS - 1984




Once In A Lifetime

Burning Down The House

Girlfriend Is Better

1984: The Psychedelic Furs release "Mirror Moves". The Violent Femmes release "Hallowed Ground". Echo & the Bunnymen release "Ocean Rain". The Stranglers release "Aural Sculpture". And so on...

1984 was a good year... :cool:

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Thriller - Michael Jackson (1982)

1] Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’

2] Baby Be Mine

3] The Girl is Mine (ft Paul McCartney)

4] Thriller

5] Beat It

6] Billie Jean

7] Human Nature

8] P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

9] The Lady in my Life

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy (1988)

1] Countdown to Armageddon

2] Bring the Noise

3] Don’t Believe the Hype

4] Cold Lampin’ with Flavor

5] Terminator X to the Edge of Panic

6] Mind Terrorist

7] Louder Than a Bomb

8] Caught, Can We Get a Witness?

9] Show ‘em Whatcha Got

10] She Watch Channel Zero

11] Night of the Living Baseheads

12] Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

13] Security of the First World

14] Rebel Without a Pause

15] Prophets of Rage

16] Party for Your Right to Fight

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The Joshua Tree - U2 (1987)

All songs written by U2 with lyrics by Bono

1. "Where the Streets Have No Name"

2. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

3. "With or Without You"

4. "Bullet the Blue Sky"

5. "Running to Stand Still"

6. "Red Hill Mining Town"

7. "In God's Country"

8. "Trip Through Your Wires"

9. "One Tree Hill"

10. "Exit"

11. "Mothers of the Disappeared"

Eliminator - ZZ Top (1983)

All songs written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard.

1. "Gimme All Your Lovin'"

2. "Got Me Under Pressure"

3. "Sharp Dressed Man"

4. "I Need You Tonight"

5. "I Got the Six"

6. "Legs"

7. "Thug"

8. "TV Dinners"

9. "Dirty Dog"

10. "If I Could Only Flag Her Down"

11. "Bad Girl"

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Back In Black - AC/DC (1980)

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Side one

1. "Hells Bells"

2."Shoot to Thrill"

3."What Do You Do for Money Honey"

4."Giving the Dog a Bone"

5."Let Me Put My Love into You"

Side two

1. "Back in Black"

2. "You Shook Me All Night Long"

3."Have a Drink on Me"

4."Shake a Leg"

5."Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution"



Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen "1984"

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Side One

1. "Born in the U.S.A."

2. "Cover Me"

3."Darlington County"

4."Working on the Highway"

5. "Downbound Train"

6. "I'm One Fire"

Side Two

1."No Surrender"

2."Bobby Jean"

3."I'm Goin' Down"

4. "Glory Days"

5. "Dancing in the Dark"

6."My Hometown"

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Slippery When Wet

Bon Jovi


1. Let It Rock

2. You Give Love A Bad Name

3. Livin' On A Prayer

4. Social Disease

5. Wanted Dead Or Alive

6. Raise Your Hands

7. Without Love

8. I'd Die For You

9. Never Say Goodbye

10. Wild In The Streets


Guns N'Roses

Appetite for Destruction


1. Welcome To The Jungle

2. It's So Easy

3. Nightrain

4. Out ta Get Me

5. Mr. Brownstone

6. Paradise City

7. My Michelle

8. Think About You

9. Sweet Child o' Mine

10. You're Crazy

11. Anything Goes

12. Rocket Queen

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Full Moon Fever - Tom Petty (1989)

feautring: George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Del Shannon, & Jeff Lynne

1. "Free Fallin'"

2. "I Won't Back Down"

3. "Love Is a Long Road"

4. "A Face in the Crowd"

5. "Runnin' Down a Dream"

6. "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better" (Gene Clark)

7. "Yer So Bad"

8. "Depending on You"

9. "The Apartment Song"

10. "Alright for Now"

11. "A Mind with a Heart of Its Own"

12. "Zombie Zoo"

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TATTOO YOU - The Stones (1981)



All songs written by Jagger/Richards, except where indicated

Start Me Up - 3:31

Hang Fire - 2:20

Slave - 4:59

Little T&A - 3:23

Black Limousine - (Jagger/Richards/Ronnie Wood) 3:32

Neighbours - 3:31

Worried About You - 5:16

Tops - 3:45

Heaven - 4:21

No Use in Crying - (Jagger/Richards/Wood) 3:24

Waiting on a Friend - 4:34

The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger – lead and backing vocals, electric guitar on "Heaven", and harmonica on "Black Limousine"

Keith Richards – electric guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Little T&A", and bass guitar

Charlie Watts – drums

Ronnie Wood – electric guitar and backing vocals

Bill Wyman – bass guitar, electric guitar, and synthesizer on "Heaven"

Additional personnel

Ollie Brown – percussion

Nicky Hopkins – piano and organ

Chris Kimsey – piano on "Heaven"

Wayne Perkins – electric guitar on "Worried About You"

Billy Preston – piano and organ

Sonny Rollins – saxophone on "Slave", "Neighbours", and "Waiting on a Friend"

Ian Stewart – piano

Mick Taylor – electric guitar on "Tops" and "Waiting on a Friend"

Pete Townshend – backing vocals on "Slave"


album-give-the-people-what-they-want.jpg (1981)

Around the Dial – 4:45

Give the People What They Want – 3:45

Killer's Eyes – 4:40

Predictable – 3:31

Add It Up – 3:14

Destroyer – 3:47

Yo-Yo – 4:10

Back to Front – 3:15

Art Lover – 3:22

A Little Bit of Abuse – 3:45

Better Things – 2:59

All songs written and produced by Raymond Douglas Davies

The Kinks

Ray Davies - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Synthesizer, Piano

Dave Davies - Lead Guitar, Vocals

Jim Rodford - Bass

Mick Avory - Drums

Ian Gibbons - Keyboards

:afro: :afro: :afro: :rockon: :rockon: :rockon: :rockon: :rockon:

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Doolittle ~ Pixies (1989)

1. "Debaser" – 2:52

2. "Tame" – 1:55

3. "Wave of Mutilation" – 2:04

4. "I Bleed" – 2:34

5. "Here Comes Your Man" – 3:21

6. "Dead" – 2:21

7. "Monkey Gone to Heaven" – 2:56

8. "Mr. Grieves" – 2:05

9. "Crackity Jones" – 1:24

10. "La La Love You" – 2:43

11. "No. 13 Baby" – 3:51

12. "There Goes My Gun" – 1:49

13. "Hey" – 3:31

14. "Silver" (Francis, Kim Deal) – 2:25

15. "Gouge Away" – 2:45

From a BBC review by Ian Wade:

Now 20 years on, Doolittle's power and influence has barely been beaten. It was this album that inspired Kurt Cobain's vision for Nirvana, created the quiet/loud dynamic that Mogwai owe a career to, had everyone from Bowie to Radiohead, Blur to PJ Harvey awestruck and when they reformed – one of the first to do so in the last few years before it got silly – it was Doolittle that many middle-aged indiepeople were wanting to hear and howl and scream along to.


There is little flab or room for negotiation with Doolittle, its 15 tracks could be released now and still wipe the floor of many of late noughties efforts. It's as perfect today as it was back then. Genuinely amazing.

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Graceland - Paul Simon (1986)

Track Listing:

All songs written by Paul Simon, except where indicated

1 The Boy In The Bubble (Forere Motloheloa/Paul Simon) - 3:59

2. Graceland - 4:48

3. I Know What I Know (General MD Shirinda/Simon) - 3:13

4. Gumboots (Lulu Masilela/Jonhjon Mkhalali/Simon) - 2:44

5 Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes (Joseph Shabalala/Simon) - 5:45

6 You Can Call Me Al - 4:39

7. Under African Skies - 3:37

8. Homeless (Shabalala/Simon) - 3:48

9 Crazy Love Vol. 2 II" - 4:18

10. That Was Your Mother - 2:52

11 All Around The World (The Myth Of Fingerprints) - 3:15

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The Stones Roses - The Stone Roses (1989)

1. "I Wanna Be Adored" – 4:52

2. "She Bangs the Drums" – 3:42

3. "Waterfall" – 4:37

4."Don't Stop" – 5:17

5."Bye Bye Badman" – 4:00

6."Elizabeth My Dear" – 0:59

7."(Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister" – 3:25

8. "Made of Stone" – 4:10

9."Shoot You Down" – 4:10

10."This Is the One" – 4:58

11. "I Am the Resurrection" – 8:12

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Hysteria ~ Def Leppard 1987


Track listing

All songs written by Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Mutt Lange and Rick Savage.

Side one

1. "Women"

2. "Rocket"

3. "Animal"

4. "Love Bites"

5. "Pour Some Sugar on Me"

6. "Armageddon It"

Side two

1. "Gods of War"

2. "Don't Shoot Shotgun"

3. "Run Riot"

4. "Hysteria"

5. "Excitable"

6. "Love and Affection"

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Moving Pictures - Rush (1981)

1. Tom Sawyer

2. Red Barchetta

3. YYZ

4. Limelight

5. The Camera Eye

6. Witch Hunt

7. Vital Signs


Raising Hell - Run-D.M.C. (1986)

1. Peter Piper

2. It's Tricky

3. My Adidas

4. Walk This Way

5. Is It Live

6. Perfection

7. Hit It Run

8. Raising Hell

9. You Be Illin'

10. Dumb Girl

11. Son Of Byford

12. Proud To Be Black

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R.E.M. - Green


Green signified that R.E.M were not just about "college rock." They were on the cusp of exploding world wide and becoming the classic, influential band they are now.

Side one – "Air side"

1. Pop Song 89

2. Get Up

3. You Are the Everything

4. Stand

5. World Leader Pretend

6. The Wrong Child

Side two – "Metal side"

7. Orange Crush

8. Turn You Inside-Out

9. Hairshirt

10. I Remember California

11. Eleventh, Untitled Song

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